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Ditch the disposables and discover reusable personal care products

The cash and climate benefits of switching to reusable care products will be promoted in Somerset libraries next month.

A series of free drop-in events for residents will be held in February for anyone interested in reusable period products, nappies or adult continence items.

Switching to reusables not only reduces rubbish, but it cuts plastic waste and are often cheaper compared to buying single use items.

The events are in partnership with Suez Recycling and Recovery UK and Moonie, a company that produces eco-friendly products.

The ‘Waste Not Somerset’ events will be held 10am – 2pm at the following locations and there is no need to book in advance:

  • Thursday 8 February, Bridgwater Library
  • Tuesday 13 February, Yeovil Library
  • Wednesday 14 February, Taunton Library
  • Thursday 15 Feb, Minehead Library
  • Saturday 17 February, Glastonbury Library

Absorbent hygiene products, including single-use continence and period products make up about 2.5% of Somerset’s rubbish bins – and nappies make up a further 11%.

In the UK 200,000 tonnes of menstrual products are disposed of every year. Last year in Somerset, 1947 tonnes of absorbent hygiene products were thrown into the rubbish. Swapping to reusable period products reduces waste and could save someone up to £5,000 on period products in their lifetime.

The popularity of reusable personal care items is rising, with a vast array of items on the market, which may feel daunting when considering making the switch.

At each event, examples of different types of reusable period products, nappies and continence items will be available for people to take a closer look.

There will also be some useful take home resources available as well as colleagues from Somerset Council, SUEZ UK and Moonie*, so you can speak to them about making the switch and gain confidence in doing so.

Cllr Dixie Darch, Executive Lead Member for Climate and Environment at Somerset Council said: “It’s important that residents know the options available when it comes to choosing reusable products.

“This initiative means that people have the opportunity to ask questions and take a look at different products without the pressure of having to buy.

“We want to make it simple for residents to reduce waste and save money. Choosing to reuse is often cheaper and more environmentally friendly.”

Kia Brooker, co-founder of eco-products brand, Moonie said: “We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Somerset Council and SUEZ UK in reducing the impact on the environment and the fight against period poverty.

“Moonie is dedicated to creating a positive impact, and this collaboration exemplifies our commitment to fostering change and supporting individuals in their menstrual health journey. Through this initiative we are excited to contribute to the eradication of period poverty.”

*Kia Brooker, co-founder of Moonie, who hand-make reusable period products (and supplier of some of the examples available on the day) will be attending events in Taunton and Yeovil libraries.

Lily Morton, Senior Community Liaison Manager, SUEZ UK said: “We are really pleased to be launching this pilot project in partnership with Somerset Council and Moonie. This is a great use of the SW:EEP fund, investing back into the community to influence residents behaviour around reuse and promoting the benefits of switching to reusable personal hygiene products.

“One of our strategic goals is to use less and reuse more and our purpose of building a sustainable future that doesn’t cost the earth, this pilot aligns with many of our core values. We encourage all residents with an interest in reuse to come and see us at one of the events in your local library!”

More information on reusable personal care products can be found on Somerset Council’s website: www.somerset.gov.uk/waste

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge

 

Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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